Metung Classic hotly contested
  |  First Published: May 2012

March 17-18 saw 56 teams head to Metung for round 2 of the 2012 Humminbird Bream Classic Series.

The Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic was sure to be a hotly contested round of the series as with Gippsland Lakes water conditions on the improve and the weather looking great for the weekend.

For Team Mitchell Fishing and Outdoors Graeme Dear and Aaron Dyer it would be a memorable comeback to tournament angling for the boys as Aaron has been sidelined for some time with a serious back injury.

After a pre-fish day that produced nothing more than heavy wind and rain, anglers awoke on day one to perfect conditions. With all the talk earlier in the week being about tons of bream netted at the mouth of the Tambo and Mitchell rivers, it no surprise that a mad dash to these rivers took place from the start.

For Team Mitchell Fishing and Outdoors they too joined the dash to begin their day at the mouth of the Mitchell with great results.

“On Saturday we fished initially at the mouth of the Mitchell to get our five fish bag. We used a combination of suspending Jackall Chubbies and 100mm Squidgy Bloodworm Wrigglers on Millerods and Starlo Stix rods, matched to Shimano Stradic, Fireblood and Stella reels spooled with 10lb castaway braid with 5 and 6lb Flurocarbon leaders.”

“As things went quiet around 10am we fished our way back to the weigh in at Tambo Bay and Tambo Bluff to upgrade nearly all our fish. The last fish was upgraded out in front of the weigh in area at Metung on a wriggler down deep” Graeme said.

As the boys approached the weigh in it was evident their 5/5 bream bag was solid and showed 4.82kg giving them the lead going into day two.

Day two started in similar fashion to day one with every boat charging to the river mouths. From reports coming in from the teams in the Mitchell flats, they were all experiencing some of the most memorable fishing action of all time. One angler commented that at one stage all that could be heard was anglers reels screaming as numerous boats were all hooked up to quality fish.

For Team Mitchell Fishing and Outdoors it was business as usual heading to the mouth of the Mitchell again.

“We decided to start again at the Mitchell mouth and had our five fish by 8am on a mixture of Chubbies and Bloodworm Wrigglers. As the fish kept biting on both lures we continued to upgrade fish at the same location until about 12.30pm when we felt we had enough in the well to hopefully secure victory.”

It was evident by the quality of the bags that were coming on day two that the bream had really turned on overnight. The Maria Best Bag of 4.87kg from day one was smashed by Team Cranka Lures’ Steve Wheeler and Gary Lockyer with a cracking bag of 5/5 bream for 6.12kg, but it was Eco-Gear Big Bream that shocked the crowd.

Sitting at 1.79kg overnight it was all but guaranteed to Team Humminbird until the boys from Team Tackleworld dropped a monster on the scales that weighed an impressive 1.88kg, astonishing the crowd.

The 5kg plus bags just kept coming on day two as most of the top ten had all found the honey hole at the Mitchell flats. As the boys from Mitchell Fishing and Outdoors approached the scales it was evident that they had a great bag but was it enough. As the bag hit the scales the weight soared past 5kg and rested at 5.90kg giving them a total two day weight of 10/10 bream for 10.72kg, handing them the 2012 Club Marine East Gippsland Bream Classic victory by more than 1kg.

Graeme said it was one of their most enjoyable tournaments they had fished as great sportsmanship was showed by all anglers fishing close together at the Mitchell flats with nothing but laughter and excitement heard all day as they all bagged out on quality fish.

The Alsta Angling Hobie Bream Classic is round three of the 2012 Humminbird Bream Classic Series and will be held at Nelson on April 28-29.

For all the details log onto www.vicbreamclassics.com.au or call Bill Hartshorne on mobile: 0409 823 070.


PlaceTeamTeam MembersTotal fishTotal Bag
1Mitchell Fishing and OutdoorsAaron Dyer/Graeme Deer10/1010.72
2Team Humminbird Shaun Clancy/Jarrod Healey10/109.62
3Cranka Lures Steve Wheeler/Gary Lockyer10/109.24
4Bluey's Hunting and Fishing Matt Leach/Robert Harvey10/109.18
5Team Doma Damien Domagala/Zig Domagala10/109.06
6Tackle World Blair Bryant/Stephen Hume 10/108.86
7Blackfin Owen Pierce/Max Mackney 10/108.16
8Honda Marine Steve Gill/Andrew Rae 9/107.76
9Gamakatsu/Atomic Paul Malov/Alex Franchuk 9/107.76
10Colac Tackle Steve Parker/Declan Betts 9/107.28

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